the world doesn’t need saving,,

Sitting in a Model UN Conference in the International Environment Committee, I did a lot of reflecting.

Discussing topics such as the Kyoto Protocol Extensions, Sea Level Rise, Growing Population. I suddenly felt helpless — there is more than one answer. Or Perhaps, there really is not an answer.

Many people came up with resolutions and may resolutions were shot down. I ultimately realized the difficulty of solving the whole environmental issue. Not everyone will agree and not everyone truly sees the environment as its’ first priority.

And I thought, How do you solve a problem when many people don’t see it as a problem? How do you solve a problem when many people have so many misconceptions?

In the end, for all the topics, every group had a passing resolution. The last day of the committee was filled with many tired teenagers and lots of laughter. To pass by time, I decided to talk to the dias (head chair) who was a junior at the college we were at, majoring in environmental science.

My friend asked him questions about environmental science and how there were two paths you can take: environmental science and environmental studies.

Then my friend replied, “Which path do you recommend if I want to SAVE the world?”

and then it hit me…

Why does everyone want to save the world? In my opinion, the world does not need saving. Global Warming is happening. Climate Change is happening. We cannot fully elimate these things. But instead, we can hinder the process and slow it down.

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Lost.

Today I lost a key. Except, it wasn’t just any key; it was the key to the mailbox.

Frantically looking around, I searched in the drawer where I put it all the time and I tore the house up and down.

This is why I hate things that are SO tiny.

I felt myself becoming frustrated with every little thing, until finally I just stopped. I went about my day as if nothing happened. I went to the park and went on a nice walk and for a bit, I seemed to have forgotten all about the scenario..

Until, I went home! I started the process all over again, until finally, I stopped.

I thought.

I walked a bit more.

And then I thought. . .Aha, It came to me.

I silently walked over to my laundry basket. Pulled out the shirt that I wore yesterday and checked the “frocket” (front pocket). As soon as my hands touched the small piece of metal, I lit up!

As I laughed at myself, I began to realize the power of something so “small.” Small things really can make a world of a difference (just like how this small key was powerful enough to almost ruin my entire day). We don’t think about this and I feel as if many people dedicate their lives to only looking at what they perceive to be “big.”

Everyone wants to end WORLD hunger. GLOBAL poverty. We want to SAVE the WORLD. We want to be the RICHEST, SMARTEST, CUTEST person in the world.

But although these things are important, we begin to lose sight..What are we doing in our own backyard? People are hungry around us. We need to change the environmental conditions in our own city.

Some of these global conditions may never end and to want to only solve those global issues is such a lofty goal.

Not saying that it is impossible, but remember the power of the “small.”

ONE person can make a difference. We can change ONE city at a time. If we help ONLY one person, we’ve already made a difference.

“Think globally, act locally”